FEENAGH KILMEEDY PARISH NOTES FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11 2019

ACTIVE AGE

Active age meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 pm at Aras Ide, Kilmeedy.

ROSARY

Rosary at Feenagh church on Friday, November 15 at 7 pm.

MASS

Saturday, November 16 at Feenagh church at 7.30 pm – Reader – Mona Donegan, Eucharistic minister – Sharon Danaher,

DIOCESAN NEEDS COLLECTION

Diocesan needs collection on Saturday, November 16.

RAMBLING HOUSE

Rambling house at Aras Ide, Kilmeedy on Friday, November 15 at 8 pm.

CEMETERY PRAYERS

Cemetery prayers at Feenagh Cemetery on Sunday, November 17 at 10.30 am.

G.A.A AGM

Feenagh Kilmeedy G.A.A club annual general meeting at the clubhouse on Friday, November 29 at 8.30 pm.

WEDDING

The wedding took place at St. Itas church, Kilmeedy on Saturday, November 2 between Brendan Gilroy of Lisnaskea, Fermanagh and Teresa Gilbourne Clonpasteen, Kilmeedy. The Bridesmaids were Máire Gilbourne, Siobhán Hilbourne, Katie O Connor. The Groomsmen were James Gilroy, Fionn Gilroy, Niall Costello. Flowergirls were Muireann Gilbourne, Sophia Fitzpatrick. Pageboy was Éanna Gilbourne, Readers – Ciara Gilroy, Maire Gilbourne. Prayers of the faithful – Roisin Fitzpatrick, Noah Gilbourne, Orla Gilroy, Joanne Gilbourne, Marie O Connor. Offertory Procession – Joan Gilbourne, Patrick Gilroy. The Reflection – Marion Costello. Music – Claire Heffernan. (The marriage ceremony was performed by Very Rev Fr Patrick Bluett)The Reception was held at The Woodlands Hotel, Adare. We congratulate the Newlyweds.

SYMPATHY

Sympathy is extended to the Neenan family, Broadford, on the death of John Neenan RIP.

OLD PHOTOS WANTED

Kilmeedy Development group is appealing to the people of Kilmeedy village and surrounding areas asking you to get out those old photos. We would like to borrow any old photos of Kilmeedy that you may have. We just want to copy them as we would like to put together a photo wall to add old meaning to the new shop/cafe. If you have any that you are willing to share with us you can call into the old Garda barracks now The Phoenix project or contact Ellen on 0874374494.

YOGA WITH ELAINE

Yoga with Elaine suitable for beginners starting in Aras Ide, Monday 21 October 7 pm – 8 pm. stretching and relaxation .€10 pay as you go. For more information call 086 0597367 to reserve a place.

LOCAL LINK BUS SERVICE

Just to remind everyone that there is a local link Bus service through Kilmeedy village every day, six times a day from Monday to Saturday, the Newcastlewest to Charleville route. It is passing through Kilmeedy and collects at the graveyard at the following times:7.55 am, 9.25 am,12.55 pm,15.14 pm,16.50 pm,18.15 pm. The Charleville to Newcastlewest times returning outside the graveyard are 8.25 am,9.55 am, 13.25 pm,15.55 pm,17.15 pm,18.45 pm.  A return trip costs €5 and the single fare is €3. If you would like a timetable or further information call to the CE office here in Kilmeedy and your continued support of this service is appreciated.

ACTIVE AGE

An active age meeting will be held in Aras Ide on Tuesday, November 12 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

MINDFULNESS COURSE

A Mindfulness course is starting in Aras Ide, Kilmeedy on October 23 from 7 pm to 9 pm running for 8 weeks.

Ever wonder where our good and enjoyable times go as we rush through life? Do you find that you are spending a great deal of your time thinking about the future or the past, while the present slips by? Is your mind racing, thinking ahead, worrying, judging, and you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed? Do you often put yourself on automatic pilot?

 Mindfulness is a strategy to keep your attention in the present moment and learn techniques to increase your enjoyment of life.

The charge for each session is between €5 – €10, depending on what you’re comfortable with. The charge will cover the cost of the hall and materials.

If you would like a place on the course please text your name and how many people to Simon Wale on 086 6067758.

Case studies needed

My name is Mari and I am currently working as a Nutritional Therapist. Through my work, I am seeing a growing need for a greater focus on the mind-body connection and emotional health. I am therefore studying Body Talk, a modality I hope to combine with my Nutritional Therapy to bring a well-rounded comprehensive approach to health. 

As part of my training, I am doing a number of case studies – I am therefore looking for willing bodies! It is a very gentle therapy using muscle testing and gentle tapping techniques. All that is required of the client is to lie down relax. I am based in Kilmeedy – if you are interested, please give me a call or text on 087 3664475. Thanks, Mari.

Tidy Towns Report 2019

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Community – Your Planning and Involvement/ An Pobal – Pleanáil agus Rannpháirtíocht:

Cuireann an moltóir seo fáilte roimh Kilmeedy (Cill Míde) chuig comórtas Náisiúnta na mBaile  Slachtmhara Supervalu 2019. Thank you, Kilmeedy Development Group, for your completed Entry Form, map and photographs. We suggest that in future years you insert photographs into the relevant category of the Entry Form so as to aid the adjudicators. Having a Facebook page is a great way for those working, studying or living away from the village to see news of their locality and we encourage you to keep up this form of communication. It is vital that it is updated regularly as otherwise, followers lose interest; is 1st March 2017 the last time it was updated? Your Committee of sixteen has an additional ten it calls upon when jobs need doing. Please commend them all for their work. You have been involved in the Tidy Towns competition for the past nineteen years and since then your work has led to a sense of pride amongst the whole community – this is a great accolade for you.

Streetscapes  & Public Places/ Sráid-Dreach & Áiteanna Poiblí:

Typical of many Irish villages you have a mixture of single and two-storey properties set side by side along the main street through the village. The area around the pump with the historical crane and black pots is a great reminder of our social history and you have displayed these in a fitting manner. Be careful not to overdo displays like these as they become cluttered very easily. There are a great number of flat iron gates in and around the village and we particularly admired those set into the circular piers of the cottage garden walls on the approach road from the north. The old post box set into the garden wall was noted – it is good to see it has been retained as it too is part of the social history of the area. In addition to buildings being freshly painted we also noted sheds, walls and gates had been freshly painted which gave the streetscape a very pleasant aspect. Áras Íde is an important building and its corner location makes it a significant structure along the streetscape. It was neatly presented and the floral arrangements between the railings gave the building an additional beauty.

Green Spaces and Landscaping / Spásanna Glasa agus Tírdhreachú:

You maintain a number of planting beds, planters and hanging baskets. If you could eliminate some of the temporary planters and hanging baskets and install permanent beds in strategic locations this will considerably cut down your workload and in the end, be more suitable for the village as there will be year-round shrub/flower/grasses interest along the streetscape. The graveyard was neat and tidy and we admired the entrance gates (but removed the temporary sign which detracts from the gates), piers and adjoining information plaque. Well done on identifying the various graves and putting up a sign at the entrance so that visitors can locate a grave easily. This was a very worthwhile project. The landscaping around the Catholic Church on the main street was well maintained and we noted the new tree planted along the boundary wall which will in time mature nicely. Make sure to keep them well staked and to check the ties regularly until the trees are strong enough to have hem removed. We noted planters beside planting beds and we question the logic of this. Why not put plants/ flowers directly into the planting beds and so reduce streetscape clutter and also work? The wild roses in the planting bed along the roadside was admired – they were in full bloom when we visited and look quite spectacular. Equally, the raised planting bed beside the pump had great displays of nasturtiums, campanula, hostas etc. were alive with insect life. The new seating area with pergola and planting beds will, in time, mature nicely – well done on creating this little haven for humans and wildlife.

Nature and Biodiversity in your locality / An Dúlra agus an Bhithéagsúlacht i do cheantar:

You have great hedgerows, natural stone walls and mature trees in and around the village which give a great variety of habitats for wildlife. We read that you allow the dandelions etc. to flower and have a  ‘no-cut ’ policy until the season is over. We noted and admired the Kilmeedy Flora and Fauna sign – maybe a little sparse in information. If/when you are redoing it, add some photos so that children can see the flora and fauna and therefore learn more easily from the sign. We also noted the sign showing the two walks and read with interest the information provided. The wildlife sanctuary was visited where we met your ‘highly trained ducks’…! You have various projects proposed for undertaking under this category and we look forward to seeing them in the future. The lozenge-shaped stone raised planting beds were quite beautiful with their pollinator-friendly flora displays – buzzing with insect life when we visited.

Sustainability – Doing more with less / Inmharthanacht – Mórán ar an mbeagán:

Many communities struggle with this category which is unfortunate and so we were delighted to see that you have embraced this category and have undertaken a number of projects/initiatives. It was a pleasure to visit Kilmeedy Community Garden where you have great plots of fruit bushes, vegetables and flowers growing. The timber raised beds were noted where lettuces, onion and herbs were growing. It is a great use of the headland of a field to install a garden such as this – please commend the farmer for allowing this. Great work is being done by Kilmeedy School with the 2019 school project of raised beds where flowers and vegetable were growing. Equally the Phoenix project was very impressive and we took time to visit the gardens here and see the great work being carried out both to the front and rear of the building. We note that you plan to have a bring bank facility. We advise that you consider the location of this and put it in an area where dumping cannot occur behind the bins. Locate the bins in an open area if possible, as opposed to against a wall /fence. You have used a number of recycled/upcycled items – old marquee floorboards, water feature in the Phoenix garden, compost area etc. We admire that you have undertaken these various upcycling projects.

Tidiness and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:

Participating in Team Limerick Clean-Up 5 is excellent as it makes the community more aware of your presence and also gets volunteers on board if only for this annual job to improve the look of the area. The village was very tidy when we visited with very little being noted and so we applaud the Community Employment Scheme workers for their litter patrols. While we admired the walkway into the cross with its paved surface there was some weed growth at the base of the wall which detracted a little from the approach. Take care also to remove the ivy from the stone wall. While ivy is a great habitat for insects it is also damaging to natural stone structures and should be removed; remember the joints and spaces in stone walls are in themselves a great habitat for insects and indeed small birds etc. We might suggest that those involved in the litter pick be asked to bring a hoe and so when they litter pick, they can also remove weeds. Trim back any growth grass and bushes) along the entrance roads which results in signs being hidden – village name signs, speed signs etc. We note that you have made contact regarding the condition of the church in the graveyard. As last year’s adjudicators stated ‘the structure must be left in the hands of experts’.

Residential Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe & Ceantair Tithíochta:

Residents in the village core and in the surrounding estates had made huge efforts to present their areas. It is obvious to the visitor that the community are proud of their village. On the outskirts, small cottages set in beautifully maintained gardens greets the visitor. Many of the houses had been freshly painted and those on the street had window boxes, planters or hanging baskets filled with great colourful floral arrangements. Fernview, with its simple nameplate, has a beautiful planting bed of grasses, low shrubs and flowers set against a backdrop of high shrubs and trees. We loved the movement of the grasses which gave great interest to this area. The grass in the open space was neatly mown. Please commend the residents for the work undertaken.

Approach Roads, Street & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna & Lánaí:

The topography of the village gives it additional character and the approaches into the village are all quite different. We entered from the north and had a great view of the village and across the lush Limerick countryside. We admired the walkway into the Holy Year Cross with the concrete path, well maintained natural stone wall and timber fence. Well done on capping the timber uprights which will help preserve them. The antique farm machinery adds interest to the approach road from the north – we have some reservations of the choice of the paint colours. Make sure that the surrounding landscape doesn’t encroach on this display so as to take away from them. We can only imagine the view of the Fair Field while the fairs took place – what a great location, overlooking the village. The Welcome to Kilmeedy and Fáilte to Cill Míde signs painted clearly on the stones are a very simple but apt way to notify the visitors that they have arrived in your community. Road markings were clear on the main road through the village and the road surface was good although a little edge breakup/ravelling was noted in a few places. Potholes on the side roads need attention. Footpaths are cracked /broken and are also missing in a few areas in the village and we were happy to read that new footpaths will be installed soon.

Concluding Remarks:

We were delighted to visit your little village which was a first for us and we took some time to walk around and get to know it.

Your application form didn’t separate the new, maintained and future projects. A little advice on filling up the form and producing the map (s). In the Entry Form, please number the projects as, New N1, N2, N3……Maintained M1, M2, M3….. AND Future Projects FP 1, FP2, FP 3……and please number them consecutively in the Entry Form. These numbers to be transferred onto the map (s) so that the adjudicators can locate the projects and see your hard work. Needless to say, attendance at seminars etc. will not be transferred onto your map (s). Also, provide a legend for the map(s) which makes adjudicators visit more rewarding/ easier to locate projects. Well done to all concerned and keep up the hard work which is benefiting your whole community.